Le Village Marché Offers Home Goods With a French Twist
A visit to the Shirlington boutique feels like a stroll through a Parisian flea market. March 2015
By Adrienne Wichards-Edds
Best Places For Last Minute Gifts In Washington DC
December 17, 2013 7:00 AM
Gifts are kind, appreciated gestures and the holidays are the peak gift-giving season. If you’re running out of time to finish holiday shopping fear not because last-minute gifts are often the best. These local stores are ideal to hunt down rare presents.
Shirlington Village is home to Paris-inspired boutique Le Village Marche. Drop in for cultured home decor and fragrance items. Fragrance items like candles and diffusers are safe gifts because they can be appreciated by men and women, and are appropriate for anyone – hostess gifts, co-workers and friends. Common gifts purchased at Le Village Marche are all things French including soaps, tea towels and glassware. The average price point is $25 and the shop offers free gift wrapping.
Le Village Marche
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For The Francophile
Glassware from one of France's oldest factories, French-made tea towels in vibrant colors, and other finds evoke a Parisian aesthetic. Soaps, candles, and cards are bestsellers, but there are occasional vintage pieces such as old typewriters and cameras.
BONUS: New to the shop are small antique furnishings
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This store is a destination shop for exclusive gifts and accessories—customers can discover things here that they don’t find anywhere else. “We provide a unique blend of rustic vintage pieces paired with chic accessories and great-smelling soaps and candles. You can find something for anybody at any price range,” says owner Angela Phelps. The most popular item: the Nest Grapefruit Candle, with a fresh scent that appeals to everyone, much like the shop itself. —SK
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French Finds: In search of a gift? Head for Le Village Marche (2800 S. Randolph St. Suite 100-A, 703-379-4444), which charms effortlessly, thanks to its Parisian flea-market motif and stellar selection. Lavender abounds, and French cafe music sets the mood for the shop, which owner Angela Phelps curates to fit a Francophile's dreams: Laduree recipe books, vibrant Jean Vier kitchen towels, and fragrant candles poured into vintage-style hobnob glass are just a few standouts. A cheeky selection of letterpress notecards and cute baby gear round out the offerings
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Owner Angela Phelps carefully curated selection of Parisian-influenced merchandise includes pretty glass and ceramic drawer pulls, locally designed jewelry and colorful glassware eblazoned with the iconic fleur-de-lis. Looking for a gift? Consider these hefty blocks of fragrant olive oil-based soap ($10 each), imported from Marseille.
4150 Campbell Ave., 703-379-4444.
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April 17, 2009
Shark Hear the Bells | Art Shark Designs Prints and Notebooks
Your SO’s last attempt at a spontaneous couples’ adventure involved lame detours (World’s Smallest Q-tip!), unexpected passengers (that hitchhiker didn’t seem like a murderer), and the finest in gas station cuisine. Erase those memories (and lingering road rage) with quaint City Love prints from Art Shark Designs. Local artist Megan Nolton hand-prints romantic scenes depicting umbrella-toting lovers from original illustrations and uses dabs of watercolor to add depth. Picture yourself strolling the Tidal Basin under the cherry blossoms’ full glory, feeding the ducks in Boston’s Public Garden pond, or soaking up the urban majesty of the Capitol dome. Have overseas ambitions? Gaze up at the Eiffel Tower from just beyond the Seine. Printed Moleskine journals allow you to catalog outrageous travel anecdotes or dream up future getaways. It’s all about the Shark attack.
Available at Le Village Marché, 4150 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, (703) 379-4444 or levillagemarche.com
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March 2009 issue
Washington DC City Guide: Where to Shop
This Shirlington shop offers a wide variety of vintage home décor and unusual gifts in a French flea market-style environment. From soaps and stationery to china and candles, there’s something for everyone’s inner Francophile here.Le Viallage Marché
(4150 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA. Tel. 703-379-4444 www.levillagemarche.com)
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December 3, 2008
Logan Circle Design Junky
He’ll host masterful parties with the help of José Andrés’s Made in Spain, a glossy new cookbook detailing the country’s regional foods. Be sure he can serve those tapas in style with crown-embossed gold plates (Le Village Marché, 4150 Campbell Avenue; 703-379-4444). Give him a touch of Zen with a festive, unscented silver Buddha head candle.
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|The 3-minute interview: Angela Phelps
Bill Sammon, The Washington Examiner
April 10, 2008
Angela Phelps is proprietor of Le Village Marche, a shop in Alexandria’s Shirlington neighborhood.Describe your establishment.– It’s a Parisian-inspired home decor and vintage gift shop. And what I mean by Parisian style is my interpretation of the early 1900s, that whole Lost Generation thing. So it’s got a lot of rustic qualities and yet it’s also got a lot of chic designer handbags, French soaps, candles, French glassware.
How did you become interested in all things French?– About 10 years ago, I went to Paris for the first time and I absolutely fell in love with the city, architecture, culture — the entire way of life. When I came back, I started decorating my home in Parisian kind of French styles. I’ve always had a love for antiques.
How did that translate into an idea to start your business?– I was out having ice cream with a girlfriend of mine and we were talking about our dream jobs. And I said I would love to have a little French boutique in a charming little community, maybe go to Paris once a year on a buying trip.
What made you take the plunge?– I’d gotten to the point in my career where I’d kind of done the rounds at a lot of Washington organizations, from nonprofit to radio and television stuff. But none of that was fulfilling to me. I was looking for something more creative, something that would use more of my natural talents.
How’s business?– Today is my one-year anniversary and I could not have asked for a better start. We’ve done almost a half-million dollars in sales.
What’s your favorite part of the job?– Seeing the looks on customers faces when they find something they love. It’s just so validating because everything in this shop, from the largest purchase to the smallest detail, is something that’s come out of my heart and my soul.
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Holly E. Thomas
Le Village Marché
Setting foot in this eight-month-old boutique in the Village at Shirlington is a bit like wandering through a Parisian flea market. Handmade notecards and blocky soaps from Marseille share shelf space with cheery dish towels and Paddywax soy candles. Choose from such new items as engraved silver credit card holders, or go for vintage appeal with fleur-de-lis glasses. Or get the best of both worlds with one of the store’s salvaged items: We like these door handles and iron finials turned wine stoppers ($18-$24 each).
4150 S. Campbell Ave., Arlington, 703-379-4444.
|LUCKY MAGAZINE-OCTOBER 2007 ISSUE|
Le Village Marché… This new Arlington home decor store carries a diverse range of patterned tote bags, rustic photo frames, and large blocks of aromatic, olive-oil-based soaps. Save 20% on any one item (excluding furniture and sale items). [actual coupon must be present at time of purchase and may not be combined with any other offer or promotion]
|LUCKY MAGAZINE-AUGUST 2007 ISSUE|
Le Village Marche’ opens, plus special deals for Lucky readers…
By Michelle Haney Maddux
Shirlington Village’s new French home decor and gift boutique, Le Village Marché (4150 S. 28th Str., Arlington, 703-379-4444), houses Gallic-centric glassware and tabletop goods from the past, peppered with modern accessories by local designers.
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New Spaces and Places
Le Village Marché
4150 S. 28th St., Suite 101
Arlington, VA 22206
Who’s in charge? Angela Phelps, owner
What’s tres chic? A home decor and gift boutique with a Parisian influence, Le Village Marche’ showcases a blend of vintage pieces to capture a pastoral European charm and modern accessories resembling those you might see in stylish cafes. Located in the heart of Arlington’s Shirlington Village, this “village shop” is worth a look.
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Going Global in Washington, From A to Z
By Julia Feldmeier
Washington Post Staff Writer
Ah, Washington. So aesthetically charming. So intellectually vibrant. So fabulously foreign. Don’t believe us? We’ve devised an A to Z guide of international fun in and around the District. Oh, sure, our area has Embassy Row and the World Bank. We have Parisian streets (thank you, L’Enfant), three international airports and floods of foreign tourists, such as those from Europe, Asia and eighth grade. (Kidding! We heart all those distracted tweens milling about the Tidal Basin. Really.) But it’s easy to become insulated in our own cultural bubble or to dream of traveling abroad to exotic places – forgetting, of course, all of the foreign opportunities here on our home turf. So read on for our alphabet soup. It’s an eclectic dish, we know – but isn’t that what’s so great about America?
F – Francophile.
Le Village Marché, 4150 S. 28th St., Arlington. 703-379-4444.
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A little piece of France just moved into The Village at Shirlington, and it’s called Le Village Marche. Step inside this newly opened home store and you’ll feel as though you’re walking through a Parisian flea market. This unique boutique showcases a variety of lovely items such as vintage scales and glass seltzer bottles. There’s also a nice collection of antique and reproduction furniture, French glass and tableware, soy candles, and even spa products for pets. You can bring a touch of Paris outside with some of Le Village Marche’s garden accessories such as distressed planters, wrought-iron trellises, vintage topiaries, and wire birdhouses. There’s something for nearly everyone inside this Arlington, Va., hot spot. For more information, check out the store’s Web site at www.levillagemarche.com
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|Washington Flyer Magazine
May / June 2007
Catch This: Not to be missed …
A new boutique in Shirlington Village, Le Village Marche (4150 S. 28th St., Arlington, VA.: 703/379-4444; www.levillagemarche.com), showcases vintage home decor and chic accessories that reflect store owner Angela Phelps’ love for Paris. With jewelry, stationery, soaps, items for your favorite pooch and more, you’ll be whispering, “J’adore Le Village” as you shop. And here’s another reason to love it: During May and June, readers who mention Washington Flyer get 10 percent off.
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May 10, 2007
Style With a French Accent
Terri SapienzaThe restaurants and eateries at the Village at Shirlington recently welcomed a stylish new neighbor: Le Village Marche (www.levillagemarche.com). The French-inspired home decor and gift boutique has opened its doors just in time for spring shopping. Owner Angela Phelps has stocked her shop with a charming blend of flea market finds, antique reproductions and handmade jewelry from local artisans. Find sparkling “candle-iers” ($80 to $158), an assortment of antique wire baskets (starting at $60) and delicate, decorative wood bird cages (from $80) alongside diaper bags, dog treats, stationery, scarves and soaps (starting at $4). The mix is old and new and completely fresh. Check it out at 4150 S. 28th St., Arlington, or call 703-379-4444.